Saturday is always a very busy and hard day with practice, TQ, and two heats to compete in to line up finals day on the Sunday.
TQ wasn't too bad and I ended up 19th out of 34 with a time of 44.85 with pole time being 44.49, such a small gap and 19 places shows you how close it was. I would have liked a better quali but for my first time there it was a good time.
Heat 1 was a disaster! On the first lap I was totally taken out and struggled to get my kart back out, there was no way I would give up. It took me ages to get back out by which time I was a lap down and had to then yield for blue flags. At least I got back out and got in a few more laps but it was a very frustrating session.
Heat 2 was much better and after some good racing I finished 13th which is a reasonable result and had I achieved that in H1 I would have got a good grid, as it was I got grid 26 for the final. At least I missed the repercharge which was down to getting the kart back on track, not giving up and grabbing a few extra points.
With Sturday over all eyes were on Sunday when the sun shone and the track was becoming faster and the racing more competitive.
Final 1 I started in 26th and got up to 14th and after a bit of shoving and my kart going 'off' a little in the middle I ended up 18th.
Final 2 we made a few changes and I felt much more consistent and competitive. I had a reasonable start from the outside and enjoyed a great race with some other excellent drivers to finish 14th. I started 18th, over 3 s behind the pole man and took the chequered flag just 6s behind the winner so over 21 laps he only pulled a little over 2s away from me - that is a good effort I think.
I am happy with 14th, although I would have liked more of course, but for my first ever trip to Larkhall to hold my own and be on the pace at S1 is something to be very pleased with.
Thanks again to everyone who supports me, Martyn, Pitwall, Next-Gen, my family and also to Ash at KR Sport for transporting my kit!! Off to Clay next, another track I haven't been to before... wish me luck!
Round 3 of Super One was held over the weekend of the 6th and 7th July and the sun shone for the three days we were there.
I had never been to Larkhall before so it was always going to be a big pressure to learn the track and get not just up to race pace but to Super One race pace in just one day of scheduled test sessions.
Martyn Smithers was once again running me and using his extensive experience of the track and my driving we worked togather on the Friday to steadily improve my pace and get better control of the track. It was a really demanding day but I managed to get in a few good sessions and we were hopeful for a reasonable result in TQ.